Sunday, August 17 2008 – Assessments


The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection. ~ Bertrand Russell


Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better. ~ George Santayana


When everyone is somebody, then no one’s anybody. ~ W. S. Gilbert


I’ve been trying for some time to develop a lifestyle that doesn’t require my presence. ~ Garry Trudeau


For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing. ~ H. L. Mencken


Success didn’t spoil me, I’ve always been insufferable. ~ Fran Lebowitz


Most of the time I don’t have much fun. The rest of the time I don’t have any fun at all. ~ Woody Allen


The idea of all-out nuclear war is unsettling. ~ Walter Goodman


Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening. ~ Barbara Tober


A book of quotations … can never be complete. ~ Robert M. Hamilton


Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. ~ W. C. Fields


I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered. ~ George Best


Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky


Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor. ~ Laurence J. Peter


My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s. ~ Oscar Wilde


In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from. ~ Peter Drucker


The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance. ~ Robert R. Coveyou


What I’m really saying – and it’s not hidden or esoteric, it’s just clear as a bell – is that we have to accept that the universe is godless and life is meaningless, often a terrible and brutal experience with no hope, and that love relationships are very, very hard, and that we still need to find a way to not only cope but lead a decent and moral life. ~ Allan Konigsberg (aka Woody Allen)